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Finding Tips for a Career Change

Thinking of a career change? You’re not alone. According to Prudential Financial’s “Pulse of the American Worker” survey, 1 in 4 employee…

Thinking of a career change? You’re not alone. According to Prudential Financial’s “Pulse of the American Worker” survey, 1 in 4 employees is considering switching to a new career.

It’s always a good idea to seek guidance when it comes to decisions like that. A classic book on the topic is “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles. Time Magazine called it a book “about job-hunting and career changing, but it’s also about figuring out who you are as a person and what you want out of life.” Features include exercises that help you understand yourself, finding the jobs that fit and designing the work life you want to have. Sounds pretty pertinent here in 2021.

As the business librarian at Capital Area District Libraries, I can also share a few tips that I’ve found to be tried and true. For example, it’s a good idea to go through job postings to highlight some of the unique terminology or descriptions. Then incorporate those words in your cover letter and resume. That gives you a better chance of showing up in the company’s applicant tracking system search. Also, make sure your resume is in machine-readable text by submitting a PDF or Microsoft Word file without images.

Another excellent resource for effective job searching is  LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com. It offers thousands of high-quality online videos on topics from software to businesses skills. Not only can you view videos on topics such as resumes and interviewing but also courses on how to stand out and networking. There are some helpful videos about changing careers as well.

Resources such as “What Color is Your Parachute?,” LinkedIn Learning and many more are available for free to Capital Area District Libraries members. Get more information at cadl.org or contact me at (517) 367-6330.

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